Mia Engberg planning new film

Swedish director Mia Engberg is planning her second feature film, which will make up a trilogy about a Paris gangster.

Titled Lucky, the film is partly set in Paris and features Vincent. He’s an ageing gangster whose life is turned upside down when he has to take care of his teenage daughter, Grace.

Vincent appeared in Engberg’s first film, Belleville Baby, which is described as an ‘autofiction essay film’. In the film, Engberg receives a call from her ex-boyfriend Vincent. They met at a party in Paris and moved in together when he suddenly disappeared from her life. Ten years later, he’s served a long sentence in prison and wants to compare memories of the past. Belleville Baby premiered at the 2013 Berlinale and received a Guldbagge for Best documentary.

The sequel Lucky will pick up Vincent’s story.

Engberg told the Swedish Film Institute:

“On a deeper level, Lucky is about the difficulty of keeping your humanity in a violent and patriarchal structure. The criminal world is in many ways a distorting mirror of our society, where money and power rules.”

“Maybe it was just the title and the reference to the format I used so heavily in Belleville Baby, but I came to think of Little Jinder’s pop track ‘Super 8’. Translated, it goes ‘I want to rewind/Super 8/We need a happier ending’.”

No details have been announced regarding the release date.

You can read more about Engberg’s film at the Swedish Film Institute. 

Photo: Sara Mac Key


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.